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|4 min 27 sec ago||Very Interesting...||
It's always interesting to see these things in graphic form like this, even if it doesn't shock you too much (e.g., that a majority of the recruiting hotbeds are in the southeastern US). I also always found it interesting that a great deal of the most remember former (and most discussed current) coaches come from NE Ohio / Eastern Pernnsylvania (with a smattering from Chicago and new York), whereas the player maps were very different.
Also, Miller as Wisconsin's signature beer? Come on, Badgers, you can do better than that.
|10 hours 46 min ago||Other Information...||
NFL.com talks a little bit about this as well - HERE
"Iceland's Meteorological Office has detected more than 2000 earthquakes in the Bardarbunga area since Saturday. Scientists see earthquakes as an early warning that a volcano might erupt. When magma moves deep down, the pressure breaks rocks and the earth starts to shake."
There's a DeutscheWelles article linked in theirs if you want slightly more detailed observations on this particular volcano. They also talk about how this has not helped with the general stress of getting equipment to the gme and through customs, something I thought ws intriguing. From the sound of it, they've gotten the list down to even helmet screws, so definitely detailed.
|12 hours 17 min ago||Naturally...||
Naturally, "Behind The Steel Curtain" is all over this story for you - LINK
If you were wondering how this might possibly affect them on the field should Bell and Blount somehow find themselves off of the field for this particular incident (at least for some time), they've got a concise answer for you:
Bell and Blount comprise of approximately 100 percent of the Steelers' game-experienced running backs. The Steelers did nothing in the offseason to replenish any further lack of depth that was partially filled by Blount.
|14 hours 37 min ago||About This...||
When that quote about not having to identify a MIKE emerged, I spent a little time on Twitter talking about that with people. It seems that there was never any time to make what might have been vital formation reads last year, nor was there a lot of time for anyone to really get set on a few occasions. It's encouraging to hear that there is stress being put on reading the defense and adjusting to it, something I know we hoped was going to be part of this change.
|16 hours 19 min ago||Not Quite...||
BYU Added to 2018 and 2019 UM Schedule
This turns out to be about a game that BYU has with Washington, not about Michigan's schedule, so this will come down to avoid further confusion.
|16 hours 24 min ago||Even At That...||
Dylan Burkhart will hopefully have the box score up soon - we went 38-67 from the field in the second game, so I am sort of interested in the stats for this game in particular. Granted, it is an exhibition and it doesn't mean anything statistically towards the season, but the novelty of the games is there for me all the same. Maybe there is a diary in it, albeit one which in no way speaks to season implications, but a fun one.
Friday, it is the Mantova Stings, which I think is the only professional team that the Wolverines will see on this trip.
|17 hours 44 min ago||Embed Of A Great Moment...|
|17 hours 55 min ago||Plans Indeed...||
Traditionally, my last football-free weekend is spent finalizing the logistics for weekends with football. If you have kids, sometimes this is not easy, but we're more or less set for the season with who is watching who and how various games will work out for us.
If my yard gets a chance to dry out, I may need to take care of that as well. It's typically Michigan when for weeks, you have no reason to mow it in its half-dead state, and then you get about seven inches of rain in one week and the yard refuses to dry out.
|18 hours 27 min ago||Measured Improvement...||
It could just be me, but there are a few that seem to think that the OL requires a mircale turnaround or we risk mediocrity when indeed even some measured improvements - not necessarily huge improvements - could get us to something around 9-3 potentially. Given last year, I would imagine most would see that as some evidence that the decisions being made (new OC, dedicate scheme, etc...) are good decisions. Actually, there is not much that we know for certain about where the OL is at until we start playing actual games, especially now that we have a new OC and scheme.
|20 hours 59 min ago||Sort Of Missing It...||
This October, a weekend in Toronto coincides with the Penn State game for me, or rather, I am being dragged to a "Supernatural" convention there by my wife wherein I will probably miss significant chunks of football coverage, including possibly our game (although I am going to sneak devices in and out of various events so I will probably occasionally show up on the blog all the same).
In this case, it isn't so much a "miss" as....well...."it will be difficult to watch in its entirety", which in my mind is essentially a "miss" because the narrative of the game is lost at that point, at least until I get home and watch the replay of it (which I may do on Sunday morning before we leave Toronto since the AM panel is the one I said "no, just no" to).
I suppose it is fair. Mrs. LSA has put up with my obsession with football for over a decade now.
|23 hours 24 min ago||Same Here...||
You know, we gave our kids reasonably unique names so that mixing them up would not really be an issue and we still do that all the same. Even last night, in one embarrassing slip, my daughter was in fact my son for two sentences before I relaized what I was doing. The only thing that salvages this strategy is that they are indeed the only kid with their respective first names in their elementary school.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Right Up There...||
This is right up there on my list too - my office at the time was in Ann Arbor (our Ann Arbor Service Center off of Wall St.) and I was on my way back from a training session downtown when they broke into the press conference at Providence Hospital and announced that Bo had died. I was somewhere along M-14 in Plymouth at the time, and I pulled over and cried for a bit (it was pretty close to noon at the time, I think). That, in addition to the loss in The Game, made it a rough weekend emotionally.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Sad News...||
Here's the article from The Tennessean - (LINK), which has some quotes from the video and some other information.
"I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, coach James Franklin and the Penn State football team, and my Clarenceville (Michigan) community. Let's do this."
I wish Shaw the best. As someone said, the name is well-known in Metro Detroit HS football history and rightly so.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Regarding Ross...||
Maize'N'Brew talked about him a little bit in their assessment of the defense - HERE
James Ross has been good to great for two years now, but again, his competition is more athletic and rounding out his mental game. I don't seen the 'loser' of the Bolden/Morgan battle stealing this position simply because Ross and Jenkins-Stone are both more suited to taking on lead blockers and making the physical play, meaning whoever wins between Ross and Jenkins-Stone will play for quite some time.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Thanks for sharing this, JGB.
I was actually rather amused by the answer to the second question myself - it's difficult to imagine the manual logistics of signing a golf ball effectively, but I do applaud whoever handed it to him for thinking out of the box certainly. Hopefully, they cherish the golf ball because Denard.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Many Apologies...||
Braxton Miller Officially Out for 2014
Apologies to our friend Zone Left, but we've covered this in two separate threads now, so we're going to take this one down.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Various Other Views....||
....including another look at the helmet and the tasteful Baroque undershirt:
|1 day 18 hours ago||Starting Five...||
Here's the lineup to start:
|1 day 18 hours ago||Regarding Potential Redundancy...||
As the first thread was based on a tweet, but now there is confirmation literally everywhere (except perhaps among those among the OSU faithful who may not yet know, so the one dude), we'll let this thread serve as the primary outlet for news on Braxton Miller's injury. It's a fuzzy line on the blog really, but it is big news and probably wasn't going to ever be contained in a single thread. This thread, however, shall stand as the last one for now to ensure there is room for other news.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Great Development...||
Again, student-athletes will be permitted, at no cost to them, to return to the university and obtain their degree at any point in their life. Previously, and as is the case all across the country in every sport, Maryland student-athletes were offered one-year scholarships, which were subject to renewal every year.
I think this is a fantastic development and I would hope that this becomes a thing around the country really, at least where it is feasible for the school for as many as possible should have this opportunity available. Actually, as someone said above, it seems like it might be especially valuable for those who left early perhaps so they can be just that much better off once their pro career (if that's why they left) is over. I never completely understood why the rule has traditionally been that you have to use the scholarship you earned all in one shot basically and that it ceases to exist if you leave early - you earned it and should have access to the balance of it should you come back. This change will benefit a lot of people, I would think.
|1 day 19 hours ago||According To ESPN...||
ESPN mentioned that all the assistant pressers as well as player interviews were cancelled today and that there would be no direct media access to the team as well, which might be standard in such a situation but also seems rather ominous in a way, especially now they are indeed reporting that he is out for the season. I assume the MRI is all they needed to see - from scattered reports of what happened in the non-contact drill he was in, it seemed pretty bad. Hopefully, Miller has a speedy recovery.
|1 day 20 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
I realize there might not be a lot of interest overall, but "The State Of Our Open Threads" is something I plan to bring back as a Sunday morning feature during the season. I am debating whether to go with keeping it a thread or making it a diary, but I am planning to add some more things to track and trying to expand the analysis on some other things. Working from last year's base template, much of this is now more or less automatic mostly, to the point where the biggest bear is getting things into Photobucket out of Excel.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Perhaps Just A Typo...||
“J.T.’s stats are not what you would call superstar stats, but it’s the hidden yards that you really can’t see from statistics,” Rider coach Jim Garfield told The Dispatch. “He just kept the chains moving. He kept our defense on the field."
I certainly hope that's just a mistype of a misspeak, otherwise "hidden yards" and "keeping our defense on the field" somehow make sense when put together and "kept the chains moving" is the statement that makes you scratch your head a bit.
In all seriousness though, I think there was an article elsewhere in the last day or so where Herman came out and said that he thought the offense moved better with Barrett in there, highlighting completions on short and mid-range passing and his reads on runs. Herman also did praise the effort of Cardale Jones as well, of course.
Of course, whether or not we see Barrett depends in part perhaps on an announcement yet to be made regarding Miller. We might want to wait for official word on that.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Rough Guidelines...||
If that were the entire scope of one thread, the game predictions alone would make it a thread that would stand. In reality, the odd weekend drinking thread typically stays, of course - there is precedent that Friday and Saturday Drinking threads stay up more often than not, of course. Actually, those threads generate game-related discussions anyway.
Another minor point for the board - the Snowflake Rules will be enforced this year too, with possible narrow exceptions being made should the volume of posts become unmanageable or there is a specific point which is justified in having a separated thread. Those exceptions will be ruled on by the mods as usual. I know these rules are not universally popular, but it does keep the board manageable postgame.
|1 day 23 hours ago||As A Heads Up...||
I'll try to finalize it with JGB, but we're pretty much targeting 8/24 at midnight as the official end as that begins Game Week. To that end, there might be some cleanup that happens a little before then, and we have started to pick off a thread here and there in lieu of this time of the year. In the meantime, however, as the OP states, feel free to get the OT out - hopefully, we have a few good ones before we narrow our focus.
|2 days 5 min ago||The Clemson Game...||
I had thought that the initial injury was suffered in the game against Clemson (although I think the injury was more the climax of a series of knocks throughout the 2013 season) and he had the surgery early in the spring, as I recall. I believe it was severe enough that he missed all of spring practice and, up until this point, they had been very deliberate about how much action Miller was seeing in fall camp. According to Jeremy Fowler, it seems that Ohio State actually opted for a more urgent appointment for the MRI as news began to swirl about Miller's injury, which I find interesting if that is indeed the case.
|2 days 58 min ago||As A Minor Note...||
Well, per USA Today, Mike Pettine was not altogether pleased (LINK):
"It does not sit well," Pettine said of the rookie's loss of composure after the Browns' 24-23 loss at FedEx Field. "I was informed right after the game. And it's disappointing to me because we talk about being poised, being focused. You have to be able to maintain your poise. ... That's a big part of all football players, especially your quarterback.
He didn't indicate that this would factor into the ultimate decision as to who will start, but there was definitely some unhappiness from the Browns' staff.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Regarding This...||
I will not name names, but I did have a short chat with the person behind Groot (I have connections, of course - it was a redress of an existing account) and he has said that he will quit this, so I hope that the remainder of the night is Groot-free for everyone. The way things occasionally happen around here, this has given inspiration to someone with less humorous intentions, so we strive to put a cap on such things.
|2 days 10 hours ago||The Finances...||
As you might note here thanks to USA Today (more details within regarding revenue and expenses), Hawaii's finances were a bit unstable long before Big 5 autonomy was even a thing:
|2 days 14 hours ago||Not Too Much...||
I haven't seen too much coverage either - I know that the initial blow took out some teeth, broke the guy's jaw in three places and forced him to breathe via a tube for a bit. I really do hope he is well on his way to getting well again. I also believe, as others do, that this was absolutely the correct call by Hoke.